LA Cops is a fast, action packed 3D top down shooter set to a theme of 70s Cops in LA trying to do a tough job in a tough town.
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Release Date: Mar 13, 2015

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February 9

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About This Game

Alright, listen up! I got the Mayor on my ass about this like a hernia, and he wants you guys on the case. Why he wants you guys, I don’t know. You’ve cost this department more than all the Precincts in the rest of the state combined!

Anyways. You’ll be headin’ up a team of cops in LA, and you’ll be goin’ up against all manner of bad guys, packing some serious heat! Not ta mention The BIG Boss, Hawaiian Mo. Sure, it’ll be dangerous, but heck, it’s nothin’ you ain’t done before.


LA Cops is a fast, action packed 3D top down shooter set to a theme of 70s Cops in LA trying to do a tough job in a tough town. Gameplay includes an extra edge as you control two cops, using them strategically to get one up on the bad guys!

A smart targeting system UI allows, you, the player to position your cops tactically whilst taking out the bad guys in real time.

When you buy this game you get:
  • 8 main and 5 optional levels to play through. Each level is broken down into multiple sections totalling twenty overall.
  • Six Cops to choose from each with their own attributes that can be upgraded with experience points during play. Attributes include health, speed, ammo clip size & damage.
  • Five weapons to take out bad guys with including Pistols, Uzis, Shotguns, Assault Rifles & Grenade Launchers.
  • Destructible scenery
  • Multiple cut scenes tell the story of these Cops in full 3D. Just like people, not all Cops are bad & not all Cops are good.
  • Plus a Rock soundtrack that needs to be played loud!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Yosemite
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or above
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Bad game if you can even call it a game.

Completely based on random chance. Enemies can sometimes shoot you through walls that cannot be shot through. They can also turn around when you are sneaking up behind them, taking half your health or instantly killing you with no attack animation. AI is so bad that they will ignore compatriots being shot or apprehended in the same room as them. Or, if you are unlucky, come across the map while you are still working through the level and jump you. Your partner will sometimes ignore enemies and be shot dead, or sometimes just aimbot them in a random 5 second spurt of pseudo-intelligence.

Weapons are bad. The uzi sound is deceptive, making it by far the worst weapon in the game to use, but extremely deadly in the hands of AI who aimbot you. All weapons shoot at the same speed, with enough accuracy to snipe off-screen enemies. Yes that means you will be fishing around the edges of your screen, waiting for your crosshair to turn red. Then you click to fire your weapon, and you will see your score go up. The game takes no skill or strategy, it is just completely broken. There is a gun that turns your partner into a pile of gibs so they can't be revived essentially making certain levels like the last one impossible. Speaking of score, isn't it supposed to be a cop game? Why is there no penalty for killing civilians?

Game pace is done poorly. The only way to stay on top of enemies is to snipe them from off the screen like I explained before they can shoot back. Otherwise you will be overrun by 6+ shotguns and uzis that are all capable of killing you instantly. You can do the same to them, but they will be surrounding you and more often than not, standing behind objects that can't be shot through unless you're at the perfect angle they are at. While writing this review I died in a loading screen two times so it's definitely not a coincidence. This is an artifact of poor coding. The game state exists even when there is a ♥♥♥♥ing loading screen. Hello???? Why?

The camera angle is bad no matter what because the UI will block you and the field of view is tiny except on levels that don't even need the zoom out. Enemies see you before you see them and don't make any sound until they are already attacking you. Most of the time you will just hear them shooting at you and then a half second later yell about donuts. Also, you can't effectively kill enemies while changing the camera angle. Bad control scheme, not thought out well at all. Not thought out, period.

Art style is bad, it is just pixelated groove crap, doesn't remind me of the setting at all. The characters and voice acting sucks. Why do these 70s cops say stuff like "Triple Kill" if you kill 3 guys, why do they say "Cop Down" when you or your partner dies? It's all stupid. Product placement for a fake product is GTA level cringe. The theme is so badly done you will literally be following an objectives tab that tells you "Destroy Drug tables" for most of the game. They could have just made a good game. So much wasted development time. The only thing I like looking at other than the funny donut loading screen is Jo Murphys sexy body. She is really hot and will be my wife this July.

This game has less than 30 minutes of play to it, but tries to give u more by making you level up. The difference between leveling up and not, is when you start Nightmare difficulty like I did while level 1, you will get 1 shot killed by enemies and need to shoot them 3-4 times. You can cheese all the levels to completion and just level up that way. I never even made it past the halfway point for damage or health by the end of the game, and I was still 2-shotting with all but the assault rifle which is always a one hit kill due to being this game's Godmode Gun. It also got to the point they had to have a shotgun or grenade to kill me in one hit. So it starts out slightly difficult, then it is just really easy. I can't complain since I got it for free in a bundle with Worms but this is not a game worth 15 dollars, it's not worth your time whether you are on a tight schedule or not. Trying to figure out how TEAM 17 went from Worms to this ♥♥♥♥ is mind boggling. Not even the ♥♥♥♥ing achievements work right. What the ♥♥♥♥??

Tl;dr

Graphics 5/5 (Just terrible and can't tell what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on half the time but Jo Murphy is one hot momma and my wife
Sound 2/5 (The music is okay. For the first 20 minutes of the same 2 or 3 tracks being looped.)
Controls 0/5 (Bugged to ♥♥♥♥ a pile of ♥♥♥♥, some controls completely broken i.e can't switch to partner unless you die, crosshair disappears when meleeing)
Gameplay 0/5 (Really stupid final boss with a boring "Do this 3 times" mechanic after a boring "Blow up 76 things which take multiple hits to blow up" yes, 76 ♥♥♥♥ing things, stupid ♥♥♥ game)
Difficulty 0/5 (Game is not skill based. You'll only die because of purely bad luck. Better to restart anyway than deal with a ♥♥♥♥ hand, all the levels are about 2-4 minutes in length if going slowly for the sake of avoiding ♥♥♥♥ing shotguns)

Blam this peice of crap.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Top-down-view shooter about "good" cops whacking and occasionally arresting some bad mobsters, intriguing by its 70' fuzzy visual style and cover-your-flank-partner mechanics. I'd like to praise that game, I'm really more into upholding law, rather than go frenzy like in the Hotline Miami or Hatred. But at current stage of game development, I really can't vouch for LA Cops. So far it is a broken experience, therefore I suggest you to simply stay aside.

Details:

Visuals are 70' style, everybody male have mustache or beard, and looks really groovy at first sight. Until you see some "cutscenes", especially with Katsuo. Ever heard some noise about facial animations? There are none. Totally faceless characters. That's the point where fuzzy getting into foul.

The main problem of the game - is the lack of content. 8 levels of campaign mode can be finished in about hour or two (depends from difficulty level and your luck).

Game mechanics are quite simple: you have a level with rooms infested by gangsters, which you need to storm either by yourself, or with help of your partner on crime scene. So you storm the place, kill or incapacitate mobs, complete some secondary goals like freeing the hostage, or destroying the pile of "drugs". Simple not mean good, though, for its pretty luck-based. The first levels can be opted by planning-before-moving, but, after 3rd level, you'll see a pure roulette: to kill or to be killed... And since the mobs tends to swarm in packs, and shoot through impenetrable walls once they discover your location, with drastic damage and accuracy... You'll be dying alot out of no reason and thanks to bad camera view angles and not working properly control buttons.

The most anticipated - bugs! First, the controls: for some unobvious reasons you can't switch your cops, until you die on mission. After that buttons seems to work... for some time. But the main irritant right now is the fact that you can't finish the game properly - after you deal with the last main mission, and see the credits, your progress with the Casino mission will be forgotten. That means you can't get achievements for completion of the game.

Also I've noticed several questionable game design solutions. On the start screen there are only two options, single player or multiplayer. So to quit the game I use Alt+F4. Next dubious thing is that you need to complete every level triple times, since completion on the highest difficulty don't mean you're good with easy and medium difficulties.

Conclusion:
So far it is not worth any money asked. The amount of content is just slightly more than we had in the demo versions of games not so long ago. Yeah, before they started to sell betas as full-scale games, that is. The whole "Copper" thing is not relevant, you're doing almost the same things as in Hotline Miami, just not so messy. And that is thanks to simplified mechanics, compared with That Another Game. So, to answer the question "Is it a poor man's Hotline Miami?" - I must say that it is a fair assessment.

My mark now will be 5.3/10. I can revise it some time later, if they fix at least problems with achievements... But now, it is broken piece of unfinished code that could be a decent game, were it made properly Before release and sales.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Freezed loading at startup. Does not work on high-end hardware and win 10 x64. No update since 06/2015. Do not buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
LA Cops Review
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Developer: Modern Dream
Release Date: March 13, 2015


Graphics
The graphics in this game are quite good overall, with clean 3D looks, and retro 70’s feel this game nails it. One of the biggest flaws that I noticed was in certain rooms the floor had lines that confused me and looked like walls, causing me to get shot. The destruction is nice with particles when objects and NPC’s get shot, and colors are bright and vibrant. With a steady 60FPS occasionally dropping to mid 50’s during cut scenes, the overall look and feel of this game is very good.


Gameplay
This is a very well playing top down game, it is a quick game to pick up and learn, and the tutorial is very fast and easy. The game is fairly well balanced but occasionally an enemy who is faced the opposite way will turn around and kill you immediately. The lock on system is easy to use and works well, but I find it unnecessary as it is smoother to just point and aim.The mini-map is pointless, made small and shoved into the corner, I find myself forgetting it’s even there. The weapons are well balanced and designed. The NPC is either half brain dead or Einstein, when it comes to finding where you are. The missions and cut scenes are funny and entertaining enough to keep me enjoying the game. Overall the game is quite enjoyable and is very funny, but is not very entertaining the second time around.


Controls
The controls are decent, with the aiming and lock-on system being this games forte. The viewing controls are great with easy to use zooming and rotation of the camera, it is easy to see big parts of the map so that you can plan out your next move. The only thing I didn’t care for was the movement system, the WASD movement system is setup in a way that W is always up and accordingly for the other keys. Normally in a top-down this is no problem at all, but this game’s maps are oriented very diagonally making it challenging to move in the way you want to, leaving you vulnerable and open to enemy fire.


Story
The story is funny and entertaining, with the cut scenes being my favorite parts, this will keep you intrigued though the whole story. With a theme of 70’s cops in LA doing crazy jobs from hold ups to drug deals, and music to match, the story is very well laid out. My only complaint being that it is a very short 8 levels.


Achievements
With only 13 quick and easy achievements, the game seemed somewhat short. Though a few were a challenge to get.

Overall

Overall, I think this was a very fun and entertaining game, with good graphics and a well thought out story, I found this to be quite a good game. With an original purchase price of $14.99 on Steam, I would wait to get a sale on the game as I don’t feel it is wholly worth that price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
I see a lot of negative reviews for this game, hell even the cynical brit himself gave it a slating during his wtf is section, but I think it's time I say what everyone is thinking; These people need to GIT GUD.

There is nothing wrong with this ♥♥♥♥ing intense fast paced donut scoffing simulator!

If you are dying all the time, level up, get some better guns, upgrade all your ♥♥♥♥ and see just how EASY normal mode is!

I've played through the majority of the game already I just have the last level to do, and at the time of writing this I've spent a mere 2.8 hours in this glorious game and yet people have spent longer than I in the game than I have and can't get past the first level?!

It's not that they can't, it's that they need to rethink their tactics, synergise their weapon choices and even use below the belt tactics to make their bust.

One example from total biscuits video was when he placed the AI partner in line with a door ready to shoot enemies as they come through, he leaves the partner in direct line with the doorway, therefore he will get gunned down because he is in a vulnerable position, now if he had been placed to the side of the door he would have less chance of being spotted and his cone of fire would be directed where it needs to be, with a Shotgun equipped this is lethal!

I'm sure there is plenty else people do wrong, but once you can pass level 1, replay it arresting 3 or 4 of the perps to get an A grade, that's 4 XP points, each tree is 20 points so you need to do a fair few runs to reach max level, but it's worth it because you will one shot most npcs on normal mode with a pistol.

I think this game is awesome

Soundtrack 5/5
Game play 4/5
Graphics 4/5
Storyline 3/5

It's a short game for sure, but I like the challenge of beating each level on increasing difficulty and maxing every characters stats.
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